In sales, in business and in life we look forward. We plan for the future. We hope for the future. Yet, it is oft forgotten, that our future is inexplicably tied to our past and hope for that past is just as important as hope for the our future.
I read this today and it’s been sticking with me all day.
Do you have hope for the future?
someone asked Robert Frost, toward the end.
Yes, and even for the past, he replied,
that it will turn out to have been all right
for what it was, something we can accept,
mistakes made by the selves we had to be,
not able to be, perhaps, what we wished,
or what looking back half the time it seems
we could so easily have been, or ought…
The future, yes, and even for the past,
that it will become something we can bear.
And I too, and my children, so I hope,
will recall as not too heavy the tug
of those albatrosses I sadly placed
upon their tender necks.
Hope for the future and keep that hope for the future quickly becomes the past and the past requires no less hope than the future.
This is a good reminder for me.